September Ramblings/Disappeared Again

Well, looks like I’m making a habit of this. Popping up at random with months in between appearances. Should’ve known, considering my infrequent posts on every other social media site. Regardless, I’m here now. What’s going on? Hope everything is going well for you and yours.

As for me, I’ve been adjusting to a new job. Got a transfer to another store. Day jobs are a pain, but we do what we’ve gotta to pay the bills. My new position is an evening post so I tend to stay up late and sleep in. It’s a nice change of pace in that regard at least.

Been reading the third Game of Thrones book. I heard the George hated that Harry Potter beat him out for an award the year the book came out. I can understand his frustration. While all three books are great, the third is excellent in building off the others, wrapping up plot lines, and taking the story in another direction. If I didn’t know spoliers going in, it would’ve knocked my socks off.

Got back into watching anime. Saw Inuyashiki. It was a good watch. Loved the main character. Episode 4 was my favorite. It was great to watch him go toe-to-toe with the yakuza, and the ending was excellent and chilling. As for the rest of the show, there were some parts I wasn’t a fan of, but I enjoyed it anyway. The OP is awesome! Man With A Mission knocked it out of the park. The ED is great too.

Tried watching Blade of the Immortal. Couldn’t get into it. Might try again later. Started watching Re:Creators today. Liking it a lot better. Feeling that they dragged a littlw bit in episodes 2 and 3, but 4 made up for it. The OP is okay, better at the beginning than the ending. Looking forward to see more

As for writing, I’m working on my gods manuscript. I’m calling it Unsung Heroes: Tales of the End, but I might change the title. More characters are being added to the POV characters. It’s funny. I originally planned for book 1 to be Tristan only, then I changed to add Faris. Now, I have Alastor, Jai, Opal, and Heiko. Not sure who else will get added before all is said and done. If you want to see how it’s going, check it out over on Kindle Vella. Just look for William H. Dewayne or click https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/product/B096Q95GZM

Well, that wraps it up for this one. Thanks for stopping by. Got plenty of work left to do before I hit the hay. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later

June Update/Where Have I Been/Work

Sorry for not having any posts up in the last few weeks. As is typical of me, there’s no point in promising how often I’ll post or when something is coming. Life has a habit of making things a little inconvenient, but you aren’t here for excuses.

What’s been going on with me?

Well, I got a promotion at my job with the home improvement store. I’m a part of the delivery team now. Wanted a change with a little better pay. I didn’t mind it at first. It was different from what I was doing, which was beyond monotonous. Had the job for about a week now and I’m already regretting my decision. Getting a feeling that they’re going to be overworking me for too little pay. I get as much overtime as I need, but I don’t want to be there all the time. Can’t pursue my dream of being an author if I’m stuck at work more than I need to be. To make matters more annoying, my manager went on vacation while I’m only comfortable with about half of my job. I know the guy needs a break, but can’t they get someone back there to support me while he’s away. So yeah, trying to look for another job, one that will be a little less demanding. I don’t need much. Just a job that’ll help me pay the bills and I won’t dread it more than anyone dreads a normal job.

I got to work with my coworker only once. He didn’t need me anymore after that. Oh well. I was glad for a little extra work in a more relaxed environment.

Moving on from the complaining about work, I’ve been editing some of my projects the last few days. Been trying to write as much as I can. Gonna admit that my work hasn’t been too focused as of late. When I sit down to write, I try to hit 1000 words, but don’t always succeed. I’ve mainly worked on And the Fog Rolled In’s later chapters and one called Til Our Amor Breaks, Or Something Like That’s later books. Need to sit down and map out how I want these books to go.

Still reading the second Game of Thrones book. Not sure what I plan to read after that. I either need to go on to the third book or take a break and read some Stephen King. Thought about reading Watership Down. Got the omnibus volume eight of 20th Century Boys. My word! That manga series is so good. I can’t recommend it enough. If you haven’t read it yet, get a volume and give it a try.

Other than that, my life’s been fine.

Well, that wraps it up for this one. Thanks for stopping by. Got plenty of work left to do before the sun sets. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later.

Got Another One in the Works

For today’s post, think I’ll talk about another project I’ve been writing off and on for a while now. This story’s working title is Glory of the Sea, but its folder labels it as boat race. I’ve put a lot of work into it. The word count is sitting at 20000. Started it in late 2019. Of the drafts I haven’t completed, this one has some clear goals. The only problem is I’m struggling to get there.

It all centers around a young, weak-eyed navigator named Aesop who wishes to escape his poor farm life for adventure on the sea. A wealthy, ambitious young man named Kwan makes that happen by hiring him to company him on a great race across the sea. However, Kwan is not a pleasant employer, throwing most of his bitterness at life toward young Aesop, who can’t stand up for himself. Bringing this duo to a trio, a one-armed warrior woman named Ria serves Kwan’s every whim while keeping Aesop in line. Her intentions are an enigma. Together, they enter the most dangerous boat trip known to man.

On their journey, they will go from island to island, fighting pirates, riding sea creatures, and battling dragons to reach the end. A main inspiration for this story is Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda Wind Waker. Got me interested in a seafaring adventure. Might need to revisit C.S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

One part I love about writing this story is that this world has a rich history that many don’t believe in. For instance, books and sailor stories speak of monsters out in the ocean, but to those that never sailed, these are no more than fairy tale. Are they real or the ramblings of mad men who lost part of themselves out at sea? This is a fun element to the story in my opinion. For the culture’s legends and realities, I’m trying to draw from real-world mythology. It’s a habit of mine to look at mythology for names because they have a fantastical nature to them while being believable names. Also, there’s plenty of stories linked to those names that I can draw from, adding a layer of richness to the characters and settings.

My hardest road block is struggling with the early chapters. As of right now, Aesop is meant to be an exceptional navigator though he’s never been to sea. Kwan tests him to see if he’s worth bringing aboard. I need to show Aesop’s adequacy in the most believable way possible. Perhaps it’s due to my own basic knowledge of seafaring. Who am I kidding? Course it is. Might need to research everything a tad more. Mull things over, but I’m thinking that there could be a good work around for it.

Well, that wraps it up for this one. If you have any questions for me, let me know. Thanks for stopping by. Got plenty of work left to do before the sun sets. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later.

What’s Going on with Me

This post is gonna be a little tricky for me. Though I like to write and I’m trying to get my name out there as much as possible, gotta admit that I’m a little wary about sharing too much. Still, if I want to run a blog, I need to be willing to open up a little about myself.

This is gonna be interesting.

For right now, I’ll tell a little about what I’ve been up to this week. To begin, I had to put my time in at my day job. Have to pay the bills and all that. Got a little sick Monday night and had to call out on Tuesday. Good thing I have plenty of sick time stored up. Not sure what I had, and I’m not too keen on looking it up. Had a slight fever. Had a headache and had trouble sleeping. Whatever it was, I knew that I’d be miserable, maybe make it worse, if I tried to push through it and work anyway. Have to take care of yourself.

On my sick day off, I picked up my copy of Fire Emblem Awakening. Haven’t played that game in a year or so. I had a great time starting a new file. Played a girl avatar this time named Hel (after the daughter of Loki in Norse mythology). Set the game on lunatic mode with the casual setting. I learned a while back that classic is too difficult for me. My mistake was believing I had a chance on the hardest mode of the game. Made it to level 3 and kept dying. (I know. I’m awful at video games.) Ended up resetting the game and deleting the old file. Remade my avatar and played on hard mode instead. This mode has its challenges, but I can beat it. All I wanted to do was enjoy the game. I don’t find dying over and over without a chance of winning fun. So yeah, been playing that this week.

In terms of writing news, nothing much to report. Worked on And the Fog Rolled In. It’s at 16000 words now. Worked a little on a story with the working title: Knight from Hell. Might talk about that one sometime, but no need to discuss it now.

The end of the work week met me at a crawl. I’m glad my job is Monday through Friday so I can have the weekends off. However, I had plenty to do over the weekend. When I got home, I needed to clean my house a little and mow the lawn. On Saturday, I cleaned a beach house.

Next week, I get to work for one of my coworkers. He’s got a side job sanding cabinets and repainting them. Hired me this week to help him out. It’ll be a great chance to get a little extra money and learn a skill. Hope it won’t wear me out too much, but I doubt I’ll have a lot of time for writing. A fella has to sleep sometime.

Welp. That concludes talking about my life for now. Hope it wasn’t too weird. (Haha.)

That’s all the time we have for today. Got plenty of work left to do before the sun sets. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later.

First Official Post/Newest WIP

Thinking of a first official post is a bit daunting. You want to kick things off right. It can set the tone for the rest of the blog. Wish I knew if it could help or hurt a blog’s growing reader base. With all of this in mind, I’m gonna go for the gusto and hope for the best. So, to kick off the blog, thought I might share a project I’m working on.

It’s a project I began this year, making it my newest draft. I’ve got only 12000 words so far. Its pending title is And The Fog Rolled In. The inspiration for the story was when I ran into a heavy fog on my way to work one early morning. It covered the entire community where my work is located. Everything was pitch black, smothering any lights the city had. I was sure there was a blackout as I approached. The phrase, “And the fog rolled in” came to mind. With that, the story formed in my mind.

Well, the skeleton of a story took form. The main idea was to have several chapters ending with “And the fog rolled in,” ramping up the tension with each chapter for something beyond the horizon. As for the premise, a fog covers the entire island and its inhabitants need to understand what caused it and how to get rid of it. I have worked on a few chapters.

Chapter One starts with an old cop named Kenny Oswald listening to the radio as he waits on his ride. The second chapter features Anne Milton has a strange vision on a fishing boat. Chapter Three introduces former criminal turned night guard Edmund Gardner as he patrols Avalon Lake, a tourist attraction. (More characters are in the story, but I can talk about them another time.)

Everything was a blur for a little bit, but it’s starting to come together. So far, I’m running with some fantasy ideas, but I have to flesh them out a little more. When I contemplated on the narrative, I recalled a Stephen King book that had a similar title. Turns out he wrote a little novella called The Mist, and his inspiration came from a heavy fog too. For research purposes and developmental help, I got a copy of it. Currently, reading through it. It’s a good read so far. About 70 pages left to go. If I take away anything from it, I want to know what he did so I don’t tread on his territory. Hate it when my stories are too close to someone else’s. Might put up a sample chapter of this work sometime.

Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Got plenty of work left to do before the sun sets. Have a great day. May the wind be at your back. Hope God blesses you and yours. You know, all that stuff. Later.

I’ve Got a Blog

Keeping up with something is a bit of a struggle for me. What can I say? Consistency is a hard discipline to master. As an indie author, having consistent content available is as important as breathing when it comes to survival in this thriving marketplace of stories. I haven’t liked the idea of making a blog or anything of the like, considering the time and effort it takes to maintain it. For a while, I tried uploading novel chapters to this site. Maybe some of you have read it. (You should if you haven’t.) It was a good exercise.

However, that consistency stopped a few months back. Got a little behind/burnout/lazy, whatever you want to call it. In a way, blogging might be the easiest method to have information and content for those that seek it. After all, a blog post can be as long, short, professional, or inexperienced as I wish it to be. Meanwhile, novel chapters take longer to complete and, at least to me, need a certain level of quality that’s hard to produce on a regular basis. This might be my own naive way of looking at blogging, but there it is. So from now on, I will attempt blogging on this site, updating it as often as I can. What you can expect is random topics I find interesting, general information on my writing process, and what I’m up to in my free time. Perhaps I can discuss other aspects of my life when I feel more comfortable. I make no promises on how often there will be updates. Follow the site on social media or check in every week or two. Whatever you do, let it be at your own convenience. Don’t like to stress anyone out here.

See you in the next one.